Microchip Technology has expanded their Arduino compatible chipKIT platform ecosystem. This includes the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board, which is a new Raspberry Pi tool that it co-developed with element14. The chipKIT Pi’s advanced features simplify Arduino based application development for the Raspberry Pi.The new expansion board also adds large memory space, fast performance and integrated peripherals for human-interface, audio-processing and advanced-control applications. The chipKIT Pi Expansion Board is priced at $28. Boards are expected to become available in the final week of September.
Microchip Technology and Digilent introduced a development kit for the Cerebot MC7 motor control board. The Digilent Cerebot MC7 Development Kit includes a demonstration board with four half-bridge circuits, eight RC servo motor connectors, support for Digilent Pmod peripheral modules, and an integrated programming/debugging circuit that is compatible with the free MPLAB IDE. The Cerebot MC7 Development Kit is available now for $119. It is ideal for academic and hobbyist embedded motor control applications.
The NextGen Education and Research Robotics Virtual Summit will take place 10am-5pm EST on March 10, 2011. The virtual event will focus on the implementation of robotics to accelerate learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among K-12 and college-level students. The free conference is ideal for educators, government representatives, robotics solution providers, integrators, hobbyists, researchers, and scientists.
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has announced that it will showcase Japan’s emerging service robotics industry in the JETRO Robotics Zone at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 7th-10th, 2010. Robots from Kokoro Co. Ltd., BeatBots LLC and PARO Robots US Inc. will be on display, and JETRO Chicago will deliver information on service robotics in Japan to further promote the commercialization of this nascent industry.
National Instruments announced a new version of its intuitive drag-and-drop software that powers the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 robotics kits for retail and education. With this system, children as young as 9 years old can design their own robots using new features such as color recognition, Bluetooth support and additional robot models that offer children more options to express their creativity. The software, which will be included with all LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kits, is based on the widely adopted NI LabVIEW graphical programming software, which provides children easy-to-use, drag-and-drop functionality to program their robotic creations. With this software, students simply drag and drop icons that are representative of the various tasks they want their robots to perform, similar to how professional engineers and scientists control today’s latest robotics with LabVIEW.